Joao Cancelo says he was assaulted by four assailants who stole jewelry and tried to hurt his family.
The Manchester City full-back revealed facial injuries in an Instagram story on Thursday night, claiming they were sustained as a result of the attack.
The Portuguese defender, 27, did not say where the attack occurred, but City later said it was during a burglary at the player’s home.
“Unfortunately, today I was assaulted by four cowards who hurt me and tried to hurt my family. When you show resistance, that’s what happens,” Cancelo said.
The photo he shared showed a deep cut above his right eye.
“I don’t know how there are people with such meanness,” he added. “The most important thing for me is my family and luckily they are all doing well.
“After so many obstacles in my life, this is just one more that I will overcome. Firm and strong, as always.”
A Manchester City statement on Thursday evening said: “We are shocked and dismayed that Joao Cancelo and his family were the victims of a burglary at their home this evening in which Joao was also assaulted.
“Joao and his family are supported by the Club and he is assisting the police with their investigations as they investigate this very serious matter.”
Cancelo played the full 90 minutes of Manchester City’s 1–0 win at Brentford on Wednesday night as City extended their lead at the top of the Premier League table to eight points.
He joined City in a money transfer from Juventus in August 2019, which saw Danilo go the other way as part of the deal.